Date: January 13, 2015 11:37PM
I can answer some of your questions concerning the Rebels and the story of Rogers tavern. I grew up on 50th Place on Oakley. We were a very close and tight neighborhood and not many outsiders came to our playground. Our neighborhood was only a 2 block square. We had railroad tracks on the East side. Railroad tracks and the pumping station on the North side. Western Blvd on the West side and Clausens Pickle Farm and the post office on the South side. My Aunt owned the Town Club Tavern on 50th St. (Nectar Beer sign) When she died in 1954 my uncle ran it for awhile and then turned it over to his daughter, my cousin. Her and her husband ran it until the late 60's and moved to Bridgeview where they bought Little Eddies Hot Dog stands. Roger then bought the tavern.
We had about 25-30 guys, not counting the girls and our older brothers, in our neighbor hood. Many were related cousins. Our families all knew each other and hung around the tavern, played pool, ate good food, watched the fights and danced on the weekends. We had our own little gang, however, we played alot of sports at the park. Roger Casper and a couple of his guys liked coming to our playground. One time he judged our Halloween costume contest and guess who won and why. My brother was dressed as Casper the friendly ghost. Good reason to be picked the winner. Roger knew our big brothers who belonged to the Son's of Italy bikers. We never had trouble from the Rebels. Does anyone know Jay the Polock, a Rebel, with a Candy convertible? He married Jackie my buddy's sister.
He worked for me many years later at the American Can Co CANCO on Western ave. along with Dave Maleck and Ralph Pakula.
We palyed softball and football at Cornell. We swam there , at Gage, McKinly, Davis. We had alot of friends at Cornell even some of the younger Knights gang. Does anyone remember Binky,Dave Malek orFranceswa? I went to St Michaels. We won our 7th and 8th grade softball leagues at Cornell. We, Oakley Playground, won 3rd in the city in 1956. Town Club Tavern, our sponser, had a photo of our team 6ft. x 10ft. hanging in the tavern and in Franks Grocery store until my cousin sold the tavern, now I have the photo. It's almost 60year old.
Someone mentioned Peewee. He hung around with my brother Roger. He was a pretty good ball player. He's in the photo. His Dad and my dad were friends. His brother Roger would give us free ice cream at Highlander Ice Cream Co on Western Blvd. His cousins lived upstairs from us. He had a sister Gail.
We all hung around the Back of the yards free fair. Joe Megans councilman.
Does anyone remember the swamps behind the fair. How about the White Mountains next to the pumping stration. It was then taken down and a underground reservoir was installed. Then the ball field was made into the Town of Lake Little League. Our hangout backed up to this field. It was a garage. Does anyone remember the Dumps it was the Cornell show across from the park. How about Leo's Castle a small hot dog and hamburger stand on 51st street Hermitage? How about Monos Tap and dance hall and picnic ground on 52nd & Damen Ave.?Peoples show or Drovers Bank? I watched them slaughter pigs every Friday. When we moved from Oakley my cousins and the guys started a new SAC called the Gamblers it kind of broke up when one of it's members, Babe, got stabbed in an alley, he lived after many surgeries. If anyone has more info. please reply.